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Arnold Ventures is a philanthropy whose core objective is to maximize opportunity and minimize injustice. We are dedicated to tackling some of the most pressing problems in the United States. We invest in sustainable change, building it from the ground up based on research, deep thinking, and a strong foundation of evidence. We drive public conversation, craft policy, and inspire action through education and advocacy.

Position Overview

The Policy Director will work closely with our Senior Advisor to oversee and manage the AV democracy portfolio which seeks to foster a responsive and accountable government through competitive elections. In addition, the Senior Advisor will support grantmaking to promote reliable, affordable, clean energy, identify and advance commonsense, bipartisan immigration solutions, and eliminate the waiting list for patients on the organ waiting list.

The Director will be responsible for helping identify, analyze, and pursue new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities, as well as managing current investments and partnerships. This position will be in the Houston, TX office and will report to the Senior Advisor. 

Core Responsibilities

  • Partner with Senior Advisor to refine and execute the grantmaking strategy across democracy, climate and clean energy, immigration, and organ donation
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of grantee portfolios including regular coordination calls and reviewing interim and final reports
  • Provide strategic guidance and support to AV grantees on strategy, proposal development, partnerships, and managing real-time challenges
  • Identify and develop charitable investment and grant recommendations for the Arnold Ventures’ Board of Directors
  • Build and cultivate external relationships with co-funders, policymakers, and coalition partners across and within portfolios
  • Collaborate with the Senior Advisor and the Advocacy and Communications teams to support the execution of advocacy and issue campaigns
  • Coordinate across internal AV teams including advocacy, external affairs, communications, grants management, finance, and legal
  • Compile regular portfolio updates for internal reporting 
  • Attend external engagement events on behalf of Arnold Ventures

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required 
  • 7 – 10 years of relevant work experience, preferably including experience with federal or state policy 
  • Strong policy analysis and research skills; ability to understand technical and theoretical concepts
  • Strong leadership, people management, and relationship-building skills 
  • Exceptional strategy development, project management, and organizational skills 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate key takeaways to diverse, nontechnical audiences

Our Culture and Core Values

Our culture seeks to inspire and empower our people to innovate and develop bold ideas that will help Arnold Ventures achieve lasting impact. Our culture, and the core values that support it, should create an environment that spurs our team to think outside the box, feel comfortable pushing the boundaries of what is possible, and signal confidence in our team’s ability to make change happen through our philanthropic efforts. Although not an exhaustive list, below you’ll find examples of Arnold Ventures’ work culture. 

  • We are adaptable and comfortable with ambiguity
  • We are intellectually curious, open-minded, objective, humble, collegial, and receptive to feedback
  • We are action-oriented with strong self-direction and self-motivation skills with the ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects
  • We are able to interact confidently and collaboratively with team members and navigate relationships with external experts, government leaders, advocates, and individuals 

Arnold Ventures’ values reflect who we are as an organization, help us accelerate our strategic goals, strengthen our resolve, anchor us to our mission, and guide our decision-making. The successful candidate will also demonstrate the following core values that inspire the Arnold Ventures team to make a difference.

  • Respect for Ourselves & Others
  • Audacious Action
  • Collaborative Engagement
  • Depth of Thought
  • Clear Communication

Arnold Ventures is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, military/​veteran status, or any basis prohibited by applicable law. 

Acknowledging the importance of diverse perspectives, Arnold Ventures is committed to employing individuals from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of experiences. Members of historically marginalized communities and candidates who have been impacted by the systems we are seeking to change are strongly encouraged to apply.

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